It’s no secret that Elly looks like her handsome Daddy, which I think is too sweet. She has light hair, blue eyes and the same cheeks that Jamie had as a baby. In other words, the girl looks nothing like me. But even though she strongly resembles Jamie, after seeing this picture of me at 16 months, I feel like Elly and I may actually be related after all. Her cheeks didn’t stand a chance.
Radio Flyer January 24, 2010
We were finally able to take Elly for a spin in her new wagon because the arctic temps came to an end. It’s just your basic wagon, complete with cup holders, seatbelts, and seats with back rests. It also has a place to plug in your iPod, some built in speakers that crank a mean bass and a flat screen tv that pops up, although it’s kind of small which is disappointing. We plan to get a Directv satellite so that Elly can watch the Skins games next fall as we pull her around the neighborhood.
MLK Jr. Day January 20, 2010
We celebrated MLK Jr. Day by going to a parade downtown. It was a gorgeous day so we also ate our lunch outside while we watched the parade. Elly danced to the music of the marching bands but was not a fan of the sirens on the firetrucks/police vehicles in the parade.
We share Dr. King’s dreams of peace, equality, and acceptance. We try to keep those dreams in mind as we live life from day to day in order to help make the world a better place for everyone, especially our little Elly.
Chatterbox January 15, 2010
Elly’s a thoughful friend who takes the time to keep in touch by talking to her peeps on the phone…er, remote. I think she’s often calling Daddy even though he’s just a couple rooms away.
I discovered 2 more teeth in Elly’s mouth, that brings the grand total to 9! She didn’t start getting teeth until just before her 1st birthday (she turned 17 months on the 12th) so I still get excited when a new one sprouts up. Imagine my surprise when I felt 2 more back in her mouth. Not sure how long they’ve been there but she’s definitely been teething lately; lots of drool and can’t keep her fingers out of her mouth. She’s our ever changing girl!
Brrrrr! January 13, 2010
We had a bit of an adventure recently when our downstairs heat broke during the coldest week in Wilmington this winter. To make things just a little more complicated Jamie was on a business trip during the outage. Luckily we had heat upstairs.
The main problem was being able to cook for and feed Elly. On the first morning with no heat I made the mistake of putting Elly’s tray on the floor in my bedroom and letting her eat picnic style but stealth Otis licked her plate of food. Otis!!!! After that she enjoyed meals in bed, such a little princess. Since then she’s been demanding that we serve her breakfast in bed complete with a single de-thorned pink rose in a vase alongside her banana and toast.
Speaking of Otis, no heat downstairs made dealing with him a little more of a challenge as well. I had to leave Elly in her crib to let him in and out. When he wants back in he lets you know it in a very annoying high pitched barking way, on repeat. So, when Elly was enjoying her breakfast in bed and Otie’s beautiful voice rang out it wasn’t as simple as just going down and letting him in since I had a baby in bed who was eating. When Elly is removed from food or when her food simply runs out because she has eaten it all you better run for cover. She reacts like she just found out all of her stuffed animals are being sent off to war, the horror!
We made the best of the situation and went out for a Mommy/Daughter lunch downtown one day and made dinner at my Dad’s a couple nights. By the time Jamie got home, after lots of delayed flights, all was back to normal (aside from the suspected 4 legged creature who has been visiting our home, but I will save that story for another day). Now, back to enjoying the 70 degree paradise known as my family room, kitchen and dining room.
Christmas ’09 January 6, 2010
We had Christmas in our own home for the first time, does that make us real live grown ups yet? Santa most definitely came to our house (he also stayed up until almost 2am wrapping and building presents). Elly entered the family room Christmas morning, bypassed the new wagon and baby doll stroller, and went straight for her new cozy coupe. Throughout the morning she attempted to open a present here and there and rummaged through her stocking a bit, but continued to be repeatedly distracted by her new ride.
We hosted Christmas dinner for the first time, that MUST make us grown ups. We had never dealt with cooking a turkey before. Luckily my Mom washed it for me and took out all the gross stuff. All I had to do was pop it in the oven. I was slightly worried about somehow messing this up, probably because earlier in the week I had purchased a turkey that was past its sell-by date. I didn’t realize this until the night of December 23rd. My Mom was kind enough to return the turkey on the 24th (yes, Harris Teeter took it back) which they exchanged for the one and only fresh turkey that was left. It was a 20 pounder, way bigger than what we needed, but at least we had a turkey!
I really enjoy holidays these days and I owe that to my sweet husband and baby girl, thanks you two.